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June 2013 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

The exciting sister project to San Francisco's famed A16A16 Rockridge, opened Saturday, June 1, 2013, on College Avenue in Oakland. Together with owner Victoria Libin, owner and wine director Shelley Lindgren (the duo also owns SPQR) cultivate the same sense of warm sophistication and authentic Southern Italian cuisine as at the original A16, with Lindgren's notable focus on Italian wines --- the Rockridge list is 1,500-bottles strong. New to this location is a full bar with an Italian-focused drink program and late-night dining. Executive chef Rocky Maselli is an Oregon transplant with family roots in Puglia, and cuisine here features a more coastal bent than that of A16 in the city. Look for crudo, coastal-themed antipasti, Neapolitan pizzas topped with Manila clams, and house-made pastas sauced with local ingredients such as crawfish sugo. Dinner nightly. A16 Rockridge, 5356 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618, 510-768-8003.
 

News Bytes

Chez Panisse Re-Opens
Builders worked tirelessly to renew Chez Panisse and Chez Panisse Café to their former glory after the fire on March 8, 2013. Both restaurants re-opened June 21, 2013, for a private reopening party; doors opened fully to the public on June 24, 2013. Visit www.chezpanisse.com or Alice Waters on Twitter @AliceWaters for reservation lines and updates as they occur. Chez Panisse, 1517 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709, 510-548-5525.
 
À La Carte at Saison
Saison, the progressive, modern American restaurant that recently received GAYOT's coveted 18 rating, has started an à la carte menu option in its bar and salon. Prices in the restaurant's dining room are notably high --- one menu per night for $248, with optional wine pairings for an additional $148 or $248 --- with a recommended time of three hours to dine. The à la carte model in the bar and salon provides an approachable alternative for diners looking to sample Joshua Skenes' cooking. Saison, 178 Townsend St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-828-7990.
 
SFMOMA Closed Through 2016
Travelers to San Francisco should take note: SFMOMA, one of the city's biggest downtown art destinations, is temporarily closed for two years, taking with it its haute Blue Bottle Coffee rooftop cafe and larger Caffe Museo eatery. Look for contemporary art events around the region as the museum is under construction, and an expanded SFMOMA reopening in 2016. Visit www.sfmoma.org for more info.
 

Chef Shuffle

Gerald Hirigoyen's tapas and wine bar Bocadillos has a new chef. James LaLonde (Salt House, Maverick, Pizzeria Delfina) will maintain the restaurant's focus on Spanish-inspired tapas, adding new dishes such as Monterey squid with fingerling potato, olives, celery and charmoula; house-cured bacon and bavette albondigas with kale and Idiazabal; and pig's ear with lime and chile. Look for fresh additions to Bocadillos' Spanish-inspired breakfast (beginning at 7 a.m.) and lunch menus; Bocadillos' 5 p.m.-6 p.m. happy hour remains, with $12 wine tasting flights featuring California, Basque, Spanish and French wines. Bocadillos, 710 Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-982-2622.
 

Closings

Notable French restaurant Chez Spencer suffered a severe fire the morning of May 31, 2013, and is temporarily closed for repairs. Our condolences go out to chef Laurent Katgely and his family (the restaurant is named for his son). Look for updates on Twitter and Facebook, or via chezspencer.net. Chez Spencer, 82 14th St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-864-2191.
 

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